posture

noun
pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Definition of posture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture
b : the pose of a model or artistic figure
2 : state or condition at a given time especially with respect to capability in particular circumstances maintain a competitive posture in the market
3 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude

posture

verb
postured; posturing

Definition of posture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to assume a given posture : pose

intransitive verb

1 : to assume a posture especially : to strike a pose for effect
2 : to assume an artificial or pretended attitude : attitudinize

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Other Words from posture

Verb

posturer \ ˈpäs-​chər-​ər How to pronounce posturer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for posture

Synonyms: Noun

attitude, carriage, poise, stance, station

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Examples of posture in a Sentence

Noun

Human beings have an upright posture. a good upright posture will prevent backaches

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trump pardoning Ali would be a break from his posture toward modern-day athletes who make their political opinions known on and off the field. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "Trump Says He Might Pardon Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali. What Did Ali Do?," 8 June 2018 And in recent years, Jagger has expanded his workouts, honing his posture, balance, and flexibility by doing yoga and pilates, as well as taking ballet lessons. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At 75, Mick Jagger Shares His Incredible Post-Heart Surgery Dance Moves," 15 May 2019 Technique, poor posture and weak muscle groups are often to blame for muscle strains, sprains and tendonitis. Orthocincy, Cincinnati.com, "Musicians - and their injuries - heard by Dr. Due," 26 Mar. 2018 Much is made of the brothers’ shared physical, emotional and temperamental attributes: the similarities in their gait and posture, their preference for Marlboro cigarettes. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "'Three Identical Strangers' is a riveting account of identical triplets separated at birth," 28 June 2018 Pieces show man in acrobatic postures, sometimes costumed in bird masks and often wings. Allison Boerger, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A. to have permanent huge selfie wings in Hemisfair," 2 May 2018 The result is poor posture, which may have repercussions far beyond appearances. Markham Heid, Time, "Easy Ways to Actually Improve Your Posture," 4 Apr. 2018 The tailors take all measurements by hand, create dummy jackets to check the client’s posture, and meticulously stitch using only pure silk. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong," 27 Feb. 2018 The president’s low-key approach was a marked shift from his posture in recent days. Jonathan Lemire, The Seattle Times, "Trump claims vindication in Mueller report, goes on attack," 25 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There’s every chance Deep Silver planned a $10 launch discount on Steam as well, and the Epic Games Store decampment just gives them a chance to posture on a larger stage. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Metro Exodus is skipping Steam for the Epic Games Store, and passing the savings on to you," 28 Jan. 2019 President Trump's critics often accuse him of using a constant spray of Twitter posts, provocative statements and posturing to distract attention from his administration's controversies. David Lauter, latimes.com, "The Trump administration sure does sell books," 20 Apr. 2018 Philadelphia views the situation very similarly to the end of Paul George’s tenure in Indiana 12 months ago: The Spurs have a fractured relationship with their star and Leonard’s camp has publicly postured for San Antonio to trade him. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "Sources: Sixers Weighing Various Trade Packages for Kawhi Leonard," 28 June 2018 Not so many years ago Silicon Valley postured as libertarian. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 There are rumors swirling and everyone is posturing during this time. Matt Babcock, SI.com, "Trust the (Draft) Process: Inside NBA Prospect Workouts," 6 June 2018 Still, others maintain that much of the back-and-forth between Washington and Beijing appears to be posturing for now—and that the odds of a full trade war breaking out remain slim. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Gains in Technology, Financial Shares Help Lift Indexes," 28 June 2018 And equally, the Democrats who are currently posturing are playing a good card badly. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It’s Time to Give Trump His Wall," 22 June 2018 Working from his opponent’s guard, Jackson was able to easily posture and rain down punches from the top. John Morgan, USA TODAY, "CM Punk falls to Mike Jackson via decision at UFC 225," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of posture

Noun

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1645, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for posture

Noun

Middle French, from Italian postura, from Latin positura, from positus, past participle of ponere to place — more at position

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The first known use of posture was circa 1586

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posture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of posture

: the way in which your body is positioned when you are sitting or standing
formal : the attitude a person or group has toward a subject

posture

noun
pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Kids Definition of posture

: the way in which the body is positioned when sitting or standing : the general way of holding the body an upright posture a humble posture

posture

noun
pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Medical Definition of posture

1 : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture
2 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude

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